On 26th November 2017 the projects and results obtained to date by REDISSEC will be presented in the Ernest Lluch Room of the Institute of Health Carlos III, Madrid.

This 5th conference intends to be a forum for sharing international insights involving Research on Healthcare Services and foster reflecting upon the possible future direction of research on Healthcare Services and the finish line to be reached. The session will also enable the network researchers to exchange their ideas, analyse new challenges to be addressed by healthcare services and discuss future strategies to be implemented. In the same vein, the morning session will offer attendees the opportunity to join different round tables where the future of chronicity research and characterisation and Healthcare Systems assessment will be discussed, as well as compared efficacy and cost-effectiveness in Healthcare. In the evening, work meetings of the projects in progress will be organised.

Moreover, the welcome and opening session will be kick-started by Dr. José Mara Quintana López, Head of the network’s scientific coordination and Head of Barrualde–Galdakao IHO Research Unit. In addition, Javier Mar Medina, of AP Gipuzkoa and Alto Deba IHO Research Units, will present the work “Cost-effective analysis of laparoscopy versus open surgery in colon cancer”. Both are members of Kronikgune, the body managing REDISSEC.

It is worth highlighting REDISSEC is built around three major pillars: the challenge of managing chronicity; the need to have more and better information; and the duty of increasing the research capacity in healthcare services and policies in Spain. REDISSEC consists of 14 research teams and 3 clinical teams from 8 autonomous communities. In total, over 150 researchers from different bodies, including hospitals as well as primary care centres, technology assessment agencies or regional healthcare departments make up this network.

The network aims to develop excellence in research and innovation fields to provide solid relevant evidence on the best policies, practices and organisational models. The overall purpose is to improve the results of healthcare provided to chronic patients in Spain.

Kronikgune is represented in three REDISSEC teams: the first team is the Cooperative Research Thematic Network (RETIC) co-ordinated by Dr. José Mª Quintana; the second team is led by Dr. Antonio Escobar of Bilbao-Basurto IHO; and finally, an associated clinical team led by Ignacio Zabalza Estevez, of Barrualde-Galdakao IHO.

For further information on the full programme, please visit REDISSEC official website:  http://www.redissec.com/es/agenda/reuniones/iii-jornada-redissec.html